Clare Merlin-Knoblich

Clare Merlin-Knoblich

Associate Professor, Director of Masters in Counseling, Director of Post-Masters Certificate in School Counseling


Dr. Clare Merlin-Knoblich is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling at UNC Charlotte. She currently serves as Director of the Master’s in Counseling Program, as well as Director of the Post-Master’s Certificate in School Counseling. A former high school counselor, Dr. Merlin researches anti-oppressive, social justice school counseling practices to understand how to reduce prejudice, promote multicultural awareness, and support K-12 students of all backgrounds. She also researches innovations in counselor education and supervision, including flipped learning as a teaching approach. Dr. Merlin has published more than 25 peer-reviewed journal articles in counseling and education journals, as well as obtained more than $80,000 in funding to support her research.

Dr. Merlin joined UNC Charlotte’s Department of Counseling in 2015 and enjoys teaching Master’s school counseling courses, core counseling courses, and doctoral  internships. In 2021, Dr. Merlin received the Cato Early Career Award, an annual award honoring the extraordinary work of a junior faculty member in the Cato College of Education. She currently serves as co-editor of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Teaching Practice Briefs and co-facilitator of the Charlotte Holmes Scholars program.


Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision – College of William & Mary
M.Ed., Professional School Counseling – University of Georgia
B.A., Psychology – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Counseling across the Lifespan
Internship in Counseling
Consultation in School Counseling
Practicum in Counseling
Doctoral Internship in Teaching

Research Interests

Anti-oppressive and social justice school counseling practices
Prejudice reduction and multicultural awareness promotion in schools
Flipped learning in counselor education
Innovative practices in counselor education and supervisor preparation

Select Publications

Merlin-Knoblich, C., Dack, H., & Elizondo, J. (2023). A pre-experimental pilot study of school counselors completing an 8-month professional development program to improve self-efficacy. Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation.

Dack, H., & Merlin-Knoblich, C. (2023). School counselors’ experiences strengthening classroom instruction through professional development. Journal of Counseling & Development, 101(3), 293-309.

Merlin-Knoblich, C., Brookover, D., & McGee, J. (2022). An examination of career self-efficacy changes in adolescent internship participants. Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling.

Merlin-Knoblich, C., Moore, C. M., & Dameron, M. L. (2022). Examining the impact of a Diversity Dinner Dialogue led by school counselors on student and faculty multicultural attitudes. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development. 10.1002/jmcd.12240

Merlin-Knoblich, C., Taylor, J., & Newman, B. (2022). A case study exploring supervisee experiences in social justice supervision. The Professional Counselor, 12(1), 82-98.

Merlin-Knoblich, C., Chase, L., Smith, J., & Opiola, K. (2020). Comparison of student engagement in flipped, lecture, and online courses. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health.

Merlin-Knoblich, C., Moss, L., Cholewa, B., & Springer, S. I. (2020). A Consensual Qualitative Research exploration of school counselor multicultural education behaviors. Professional School Counseling, 23, 1-12. doi:10.1177/2156759X20940637

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